As the Christmas
season gets into full swing, we are bombarded by planning and preparing.
This is not unlike preparing for the racing season where the right
preparation can make the difference between success and failure. What
will make our Christmas season a success? What are the priorities we
need to have so that we will understand the true meaning of Christmas?
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I want to thank my wife, Lynda, for filling in last week as I
recovered from an injury. What a difference a week makes. I am on the
mend but have a few more procedures that need to be done before
everything is 100%. Thank you for your prayers.
Preparing is something that can become obsessive. I know, I
am the one of those people who have to have everything all planned out.
I struggle to relax and let things happen. My wifeís column was more for
me than anyone else.
Have you ever noticed that you can be so caught up in
planning and preparing that you miss the enjoyment and excitement of an
event? Before you know it itís over and you are wondering what happened.
Christmas is too important to get caught up in all the trappings and
miss the point; God sent His son to come and give His life for us. He
would lay down his life so that we could live.
Sacrifice is not something racers are unfamiliar with; we all
make sacrifices to do what we enjoy. How about making a sacrifice for
someone elseís benefit? Many times, we rationalize whether they deserve
it before we give. There in lies the gift of Christmas, while we were
yet undeserving Christ came and gave his life for us. How do we prepare
to receive such a gift? We donít have to, there is so much love in this
gift that we have trouble getting our hands around it. Instead we
receive it, not because we deserve it but because it is offered to us.
In this gift we can find many things; we find hope, hope for
tomorrow, hope for forgiveness of our shortcomings, hope for others. We
find a peace that isnít easy to understand, a confidence that we are
cared for and nothing can defeat us. We receive a joy that doesnít
depend on the circumstances that surround us. We can be joyful whether
we have everything or nothing at all. It all comes from the love that
Jesus has for us, love that would allow him to give his life for you and
me. I urge you to receive the gift that God offers, the life that comes
from accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. That is the
preparation that needs to be done to fully experience the true meaning
of this Christmas season. Take the Christ out of Christmas and all you
have left is a mess. Prepare properly this year, put Christ in your
Let Christmas happen, sit back, relax and enjoy the Hope,
Peace, Joy and Love found in the gift. Christ came so that we could have
life and live it to its fullest. God Bless, Rev. Don.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
I checked out of the hospital on Monday night and checked
into PRI, in Orlando on Thursday night. I received clearance to travel
from the doctor so Lynda and I set out for some sunshine and 80 degree
temperatures. We heard the reports from home about the snow and cold as
we enjoyed wearing shorts and flip-flops. We are headed back to winter
now. I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit when it is 85
and sunny. Christmas songs just sound different.
This was my first visit to PRI at the Orlando Convention
Center . It was amazing. I was like a kid in a candy store. Everyone and
anyone who had anything to do with any kind of racing was there. I was
talking with Don King, his first year at the show also, and he was
equally impressed. He said it took him the full three days just to walk
I want to thank James and Katie from Design 500 and Lady
Eagle for making it possible for us to attend. James said it was a show
that we needed to see and he was right. We met several folks from the
Northeast. Among them, Eric Beers was getting an order in with ASI
Racewear for his new driving suit. He will be replacing retiring Dick
Houlihan in the #46 Tour Modified. I talked with him and Matt Hirschman
about the additions to the Whelen Modified Tour schedule in upstate New
York . They both have some experience at each track and are looking
forward to visiting the new venues. Matt will be back with the same
split sponsorship deal he had this year and will be a contender for the
I also had the chance to visit with Chuck Hossfeld and
discuss his plans for 2008. He has plans to run his car for much of the
season in various events but he is still looking for an opportunity to
return to the Whelen Modified Tour.
I also met with some folks from a few churches in Florida and
I am excited about what God has in store for us in the Sunshine State .
After some time indoors it was off to see the Mouse. Imagine
standing in shorts, tee shirts and flip-flops at 10:30 at night watching
a light parade down Main Street USA, in December! We had a great time,
brought back the memories of when we brought the kids. We strolled
around reliving our childhood and wondering if we could stay awake long
enough to get back to our room before we turned into pumpkins.
We hoped to see the Shuttle take off while we were here but a
fuel sensor had different plans. We are headed home, back to the frozen
tundra, to prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior.
Plans are coming together for Motorsports 2008, we have
received a commitment from Woody Pitkat and have added him and his #52
Davidson Foods modified to the lineup. Woody will also be there to join
Donny Lia and Joey Logano to sign autographs for the weekend. We have
one commitment that we are waiting for, if we can get arrange it we can
unite the North and South Modified Champions.
I am looking forward to attending the banquets for the Busch
East and Whelen tours this week. I will have a steak or two up for
auction, all offers will be considered. Have a great week weíll see you
at the Sun.
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ERNIE & MARILYN SAXTON - The legendary Grandview announcer,
columnist, Motorsports Marketing Founder/President and Eastern
Motorsports Press Association Pres. and the woman who has been by his
side all the way have their 32nd anniversary.
BILL & CINDY ELLIOTT - Awesome Bill from Dawsonville, GA and wife
have their 14th anniversary.
JIM & PATTY MAVLOUGANES - This Wethersfield, CT ProStock driver and
wife share their 9th anniversary.
***BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAYS***
CHAD WARNER - Member of the Beers Motorsports team.
ED LILLY - Retired PA/NJ asphalt Mod driver.
AMANDA & CHRISTEN WAUGH - The twin daughters of RWJM Western PA/Ohio
Coordinator/ Challenger Raceway Chaplain Rev. Bill and wife Dawn.
BILL LADABOUCHE - Maine writer.
MARSHA MEANS - NNC Jimmy's wife.
GARY SHACKFORD - Center Conway, NH Busch East Series driver/crew
TREY TOMAINO - This Wall Township Speedway Modified driver is a son
of Howell, NJ NASCAR WMT driver/RWJM Rep. Jamie and wife Cheryl and CTS
CHERIE WIBBELSMAN - Wife of Dr. Chris, son of Dunwoody, GA RWJM
advisor Dick and wife Judy.
HERSHELL McGRIFF - California's ageless driver/owner.
CRAIG ORMSBY - D.I.R.T. Modified driver.
MARK BYRD - Lebanon Valley Modified driver.
MIKE SCHANTZENBACH - Mahoning Valley driver.
JOHNY CHAPMAN - Stony Point, NC LMSC/BGN driver.
STEVE HMIEL - NNC/BGN Crew Chief.
GEORGE HARRINGTON - Lebanon Valley fan.
ALLISON BELMONT - One of ARCA driver/East Windsor Promoter Andy and
wife Jennifer children.
JAN LEATY - Williamson, NY NASCAR WMT driver.
TOMMY MARKHAM - Son of Fredricksburg, VA NNC/BGN driver Curtis is
DANIELLE WAUGH - RWJM Challenger/Jennerstown Chaplain Bill and wife
Dawn's youngest child is 20.
JANAI WILSON - The daughter and fellow track crewman with her
husband and also dad RWJM Chaplain Bob Menschner at Wall Township
BILL ROBINSON - Whiting, NJ NASCAR, Wall Township Speedway and New
Egypt Speedway fan and the son-in-law of Doris Bradley, another WTS and
LISA JAMES - Canterbury, CT RWJM advisor and longtime assistant to
Pat. Also the wife of RWJM advisor Scott.
TOM HAGER - West Easton, PA dirt Modified legendary driver.
TED DENSIESKI - Brother of Riverhead Raceway Mod driver Ed.
JUDY BRYANT - Wife of NC Modified driver Johnny.
LINDA VENEZIAN - Wife of Joe, Proprietor of Perth Amboy Springs.
TRAVERS CAMBRA - Former Wall Township Speedway photographer, now
Sales Rep. for Overhead Doors.
JAY FOGLEMAN - Durham, NC LMSC/ProCup driver.
DARRYL BOBZIN - Holland and Spencer Speedways LM driver.
KEN MEISENHELDER - Springfield, MA KGM Video president.
MATTHEW MARTIN - One of Mark's children is 15.
TED MUSGRAVE - Franklin, WI CTS driver.
B.J. MACKEY - Rock Hill, SC NASCAR driver.
DENNIS VITOLO - Massapequa, NY born Golden Beach, FL IRL driver.
ANGELINA PERKINS - The niece of JDM Chassis proprietor/LM driver Jay
and wife Angelina of Preston, CT is 17.
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